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Iran confiscates 1,000 tons of illicit drugs in one year

The 63rd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs started in M-Building of Vienna International Center with participation of the secretary of Iran Drug Control Headquarters on Monday, March 2, 2020. (Photo by IRNA)

Homa Lezgee
Press TV, Vienna

Addressing the 63rd session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Iran’s top drug control official General Eskandar Momeni says the country has confiscated an unprecedented amount of illicit drugs over the past one year with the least possible support from other countries and international organizations. 

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the UNODC says an estimated 53 million people use drugs globally while synthetic opioids like methamphetamine, tramadol and Fentanyl are making the world drug problem more complex.

Lying at the busiest transit route of heroin in the world, Iran has confiscated around 12000 tons of illicit drugs over the past three decades, accounting for 76 percent of global opium seizures.

General Momeni says in his meeting with the UNODC chief on Tuesday he will make it clear that expecting Iran to tackle the drug problem in spite of the obstacles created through US sanctions is counterproductive. If they fail to cooperate today, he says tomorrow could be too late.

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